The difference between Self study and the Actual course

<p>Due to combination of misfortune and scheduling problems i am unable to take any AP classes next year(sophomore year). However, I still plan on taking the AP exam for all the AP classes i originally planned to take. So the question in mind: Assuming i get a 4-5 on the exam, how would this look on my record as opposed to having the actual class? </p>

<p>Note: My academic goal is to attend an Ivy league school. e.g. Yale, Harvard, Brown</p>

<p>Assuming that you are already taking a rigorous schedule at school, then any additional self-study would look impressive, since it shows initiative and dedication on your part. However, you'll also have to find a way to balance the self-studying with the other aspects of your life such as ECs, jobs, etc.</p>